OBPD gave out 18 tickets during its High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program.
If you noticed an increase in police presence around the city's crosswalks, you're not being paranoid. The Ormond Beach Police Department recently participated in a program to address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues.
Funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, the High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program gave officers the opportunity to educate, warn and enforce crosswalk safety and violations at high-risk locations in Ormond Beach.
Those locations included: Andy Romano Park, the 800 block of South Nova Road, the intersection of A1A and Seminole Avenue, the intersection of East Granada Boulevard and Halifax Drive, the intersection of North U.S. 1, and the crosswalks on West Granada Boulevard between Clyde Morris Boulevard and North Williamson Boulevard.
Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said increasing awareness about the violations was important because a lot of people they stopped didn't even realize that they were supposed breaking a law.
"A lot of people aren't aware that you have to stop," he said. "But I think the flashing light signs and all the other traffic improvements the city is doing are going to make for a safer Ormond Beach.